How to become a software developer in New Zealand

1 July 2023
How to become a software developer in New Zealand


Why become a software developer?

Software developers develop and maintain computer software, websites, and software applications (apps).

There is a shortage of software developers and high demand for their services. Software developers are in high demand due to:

- increasing numbers of organisations shifting services and systems online
- growing awareness of the need for user-friendly websites and apps
- existing websites needing to be redesigned and rebuilt as more users use mobile devices such as phones and tablets to access them.

There are still not enough software developers to meet demand, and not enough information technology (IT) trainees coming through. Most IT employers would like to hire more staff, including software developers, but one-third say their biggest problem is finding and retaining staff.

Alternative job titles

Analyst Programmer
Web/App Developer
Software Engineer
Website Developer


Understanding the best way to become a qualified software developer in New Zealand looks complicated but is easy. Here are the steps you need to take to start your career as a software developer.

Step 1

Choose and enrol with a registered training provider

Step 2

Complete in a level 6 diploma program

Step 3

Progress to level 7 bachelor program



Average Pay

$65k - $195k



Length of training

2-5 years



Available Jobs


*TradeMe Jobs, April 2022

  • Methodical, accurate and patient

  • Able to work well under pressure, and meet deadlines

  • Able to work well as part of a team, and with minimal supervision

  • Skilled at problem-solving and decision making

  • Skilled at verbal and written communication.

  • Private companies that provide computer, database and network services to clients

  • Specialised website development companies

  • Software and web development companies that work with film, games and animation

  • Private companies such as large retailers or marketing and advertising companies

  • Government departments and educational institutions.


View Software Development Courses


Want to search and compare courses?

Search Courses